Feature Stories April 9

Jesus Christ Superstar takes to the Diego Rivera Stage

Contributed by:  Deborah Shaw, Theatre Arts Department

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice.  The musical is loosely based on the gospel accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life.  JCS has a unique rock flavor very different from Lloyd Webber’s later work and features such standards as Superstar and I Don’t Know How To Love Him.

City College of San Francisco

Diego Rivera Theater

50 Phelan Avenue at the corner of Judson

Performance dates:  April 19, 20, 26, 27 at 8pm

                                      April 21, 28 at 2pm

General Admission: $15  Students, Seniors, TBA Members $10

No reservations necessary

 Directed and choreographed by Deborah Shaw

Musical Direction by Michael Shahani

PDF poster

Diagnostic Medical Imaging Student Selected for trip to Washington DC

Contributed by: Kyle R. Thornton, PhD, RT(R), CRT
Radiologic Sciences Department Chair

photos of Rep. Jackie Spier and Roxan Munyon

Roxanne Munyon, a current student in the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program at CCSF was selected to represent the California contingent to lobby for the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence (CARE) Bill in Washington, DC. She is pictured here on Representative Jackie Spier's right. Spier is wearing red.

Roxanne Munyon, a current student in the Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program at CCSF was selected to represent the California contingent to lobby for the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence (CARE) Bill in Washington, DC. She is pictured here on Representative Jackie Spier's right.

The CARE bill in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy, S. 3338, was first introduced in 2012, within the U.S. Senate by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

The CARE bill would ensure that basic minimum education and certification standards are established as part of the Medicare program for all medical imaging and radiation therapy personnel. Currently, basic educational standards for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals are voluntary and inconsistent in many states, allowing some individuals to perform radiologic procedures without any formal education. Six states, along with the District of Columbia, are without any regulations regarding the qualifications of personnel performing medical imaging examinations.

Ms. Munyon is the fourth student from CCSF to be selected for this honor.


Less than Two Weeks to FRISCO Day!

Contributed by: Nancy Vargas, CCSF Bridge to Success Project Manager and CSCD Counselor

Did you know that past efforts of FRISCO Day and Bridge to Success have already made a difference for SFUSD high school students at CCSF? Those who completed the matriculation steps were guaranteed Early Registration and have, as a result, been able to dramatically increase their fulltime enrollment and get into needed math and English classes.

FRISCO Day is once again expected to be huge at CCSF where we will be welcoming 1200 high school students on April 19th 10:00am-2:00pm. In order to make FRISCO Day happen we need your help. We need 80 people to help us direct students, provide lunches, welcome them off their school buses, lead Campus tours, check-in workshop presenters, collect surveys and more. All CCSF faculty and staff are welcome volunteers. Please consider helping for 2 hours or more. To volunteer, please click on the http://frisco2013ccsf.eventbrite.com.
Thanks in advance for your consideration.


photos of last FRISCO Day

Educated Plate Meets Fashion

Contributed by:  Kelly Armstrong, BeautiControl

Two fashion classes, Image Consulting and Fashion Coordination collaborated with The Downtown Center Library and the Associated Students Council for their Business Smart Speaker Series.  It presented Gwen Mazer’s Personal Branding: Creating Your Image and Style for Business Success.  Mazer is an author, personal style consultant, speaker and workshop leader.  She is a real icon in the fashion industry being the first African American editor at a major fashion magazine, Harper’s Bazaar were she created the original column, “lifestyle” chronicling the lives of icons in the arts. Not only was she a creative director at Esprit in San Francisco but she founded an accessories store on Maiden Lane and was a personal Image consultant to Oprah Winfrey.

 “I wanted to do something meaningful for Black History Month that would not only inspire my students but anyone else that wanted to be in the presence of a true fashion icon.” says Kelly Armstrong, Image Consulting Instructor who spearheaded this collaboration along with Suzanne Lo, Downtown Librarian. Lo made it possible that the evening’s event be held in the Educated Palate, a student run restaurant and opened it to the general public. The ambiance of the Educated Palate was the perfect setting allowing the students to be in a quaint and relaxing environment that was conducive to learning. “Planning a successful event requires the teamwork of many hands from the Associated Student volunteers to the school dean “says Lo. 

 Mazer’s talk on Personal Branding hit home with the students when she gave them the do’s and don’ts on how to present themselves not only for business but also in their personal lives.  Josie Lazo, a former Image Consulting student, modeled for Mazer says, “Gwen, is such a superstar! She's like our very own Diana Vreeland! I couldn't believe how she held court after the event with everyone wanting to take photos.

“Hearing words from a women who’s been successful in the business means a lot.  I really learned from her what she was saying about how to follow “Roberts rules of order” at meetings, don’t show up to early or too late to a meeting, make the person you work for look good and don’t do gossip, ask yourself: “is the gossip true?” “Does it need to be repeated?” (Most of the time the answer to these questions is NO!) I’m so glad that I had the chance to hear her talk and meet her, she’s a true role model,” says Sarah Jung, currently enrolled Image Consulting student.

“What a fine group of students the fashion department of CCSF has attracted. Kudos to both Diane Green, Fashion Department Chair and David Dore, Dean of Downtown Campus. I really enjoyed their questions and interest and trust that they came away with new ideas, food for thought,” says Mazer. 

Dore, who welcomed Mazer elaborated by saying, "I would like to thank Kelly Armstrong, Suzanne Lo, and our Associated Students of the Downtown Campus for organizing such a successful event as part of our Business Smart-Speaker Series at the Downtown Campus.  Gwen Mazer provided students with valuable insights on personal branding for business success."

A highlight of the evening was when  Green, introduced Charleston Pierce, Author, Fashion Show Producer and Model Coach, whom she has known for over 25 years.  Pierce spoke of how Mazer , a trail blazer in the world of fashion, opened the door for people like himself and those that are up and coming then lead the audience in a uproarious standing ovation.  Charleston Pierce, was the "icing on the cake."  I'm planning ahead for two book signing events with Mazer’s new fashion book and with Pierce ‘s on his book, Star Walk,” says Lo.

Fashion 45A, Image Consulting prepares students to become image consultants, either working independently or for a retailer. It incorporates the techniques of color, wardrobe selection, figure analysis and business development. For more information contact Diane Green in the Fashion Merchandising Department (415) 239-3588.


From left-Suzanne Lo, Downtown Campus Librarian, Tiffany Tran, Associated Student, Kelly Armstrong,Image Consulting Instructor and Gwen Mazer, Author and Personal Style Consultant.

From left-Suzanne Lo, Downtown Campus Librarian, Tiffany Tran, Associated Student, Kelly Armstrong,Image Consulting Instructor and Gwen Mazer, Author and Personal Style Consultant.


APALU is Accepting Applications

Contributed by: Jen Giang Icasiano, Instructor, Asian American Studies

APALU flyer


CCSF to Hold Career Fair in April

Contributed by: Josephine M. Ubungen, Career Counselor
Career Development, Continuing Student Counseling Dept.

The Career Development Center will be hosting the annual Career Information Fair on Wednesday, April 24, from 9:00 am- 12:00 noon, in Smith Hall, student cafeteria at the Ocean Campus.

We will host corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations that will provide CCSF students with career information and advice for obaining employment, volunteer, or internships in diverse fields.  This is a great way for our CCSF students tocollect career and occupational information relative to choice of majors and careers.  Most representatives prefer resumes for actual job and internship ooportunities.

The Career Development Center offers workshops on job search techniques.  Students can also pick up free resumes and interviewing handbooks in MUB 39, Ocean camus or download these resources from our website; www.ccsf.edu/CareerCenters.  For help with resume writing and career fair preparation, students can come by or call the Career Center for career counseling services, (415) 239-3117.



Exciting News from the Art Department

Contributed by:  Anna Asebedo
Art Department, Chair

Frances Valesco's, Art 130A, Beginning Drawing Students from City College of San Francisco will be showing some of their drawings at North Beach First Friday Art Series through Wednesday May 1

Alum Julie Huynh has been accepted into Parson's, The New School for Design in New York City and is on the waitlist for USC.

The Art Department faculty also received a letter from an alum who is now a student at Yale University.

Congratulations to all!

Study Abroad is Still Accepting Applications

Contributed by: Jill Heffron, Study Abroad Programs Coordinator

images from Study Abroad Oaxaca

The first program is entitled, "Summer Study in Paris, and it takes place from July 1st - July 30, 2013. Participants have the option of taking "Survival French" courses, for which they will earn 3.0 units, or "Intensive French" at the Institut Catholique for which they will earn 5.0 units. The program costs $3250 and $4200 respectively. Students will also be treated to a full calendar of activities, including tours of Parisian neighborhoods and historic and cultural sites, cheese tasting, a night at the Ballet, and visits to museums and castles and chateaux such as Fontainebleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles. Questions can be directed to Dr. Tom Blair, CCSF Foreign Language Department Chair, at 415-334-4222 or by email at tblair@ccsf.edu. The program website is http://www.esaparis.org/ 


The second program is entitled, "A Taste of Oaxaca" and it will take place from June 2 - 19, 2013. Participants will receive 3.0 units for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management 206: "Ethnic Cuisines". The program, which is led by Chef Mark Hodgson of the CAHS Department, consists of a series of cooking classes which focus on Oaxacan cuisine, which is a synthesis of Spanish and Indigenous legacies. Classes are taught by local "celebrity" chefs such as Susanna Trilling, author of the cookbook, "Seasons of My Heart", as well as Oaxacan restauranteurs, and others whose cooking skills have been passed down through the generations. Students also spend nine hours studying Spanish grammar and vocabulary as it applies to cuisine, and take field trips to a mescal distillery and various food markets. The cost of the program is $2595. Program information and a downloadable brochure and application can be found at: http://www.ccsf.edu/NEW/en/educational-programs/school-and-departments/school-of-international-education-and-esl/study-abroad/summer/taste-oaxaca.html

 Questions? Please contact Jill Heffron, Study Abroad Programs Coordinator, 239-3778 or jheffron@ccsf.edu


John Alexander Sotry

Contributed by:  Steven Brown, Chair Horticulture

Article written by Betty Packard Voris

SFGC members devote hundreds of hours to raising money for the civic good.  Visual efforts can be seen throughout the City: Schools and community centers that sport organic gardens used for both food and educational teaching, neighborhood sidewalk trees planted with money donated to Friends of the Urban Forest and elementary students learning about nature at the Conservatory of Flowers – all supported through the devoted efforts of SFGC members who participate in our annual fundraiser.  While members can donate individually to our Alice Eastwood Scholarship fund, the vast majority of money awarded in scholarships – both the Alice Eastwood and UC Berkeley Landscape Design – is raised during our annual fundraiser.  

Interestingly, one aspect of fundraising is often hidden. Through these scholarships, we can change lives.  Armed with a degree, many a scholarship winner returns home to begin an exciting career.  Every once in a while a winner stays in the City and becomes highly visible.  One such winner is John Alexander.

An Alice Eastwood Scholarship winner in 2009 (the Nancy McNear Memorial Achievement Award), a second-place AE 2010 winner in design, and overall 2011 AE first place, John says that he literally owes his career to Steven Brown, City College of San Francisco and the San Francisco Garden Club.  

John arrived from North Carolina State after majoring in Agribusiness.  Born in Durham, for years he assisted his “granddad” on his chicken farms and believed he had an affinity for agriculture and horticulture. Because an avenue for horticulture was not available in NC, he came to City College and began his journey in horticulture.

In September of 2010, The Laguna Honda Foundation wanted a City College designer to do modifications for its campus.  Out of 300 who applied, John was the only one hired.  Ninety-five percent of those he hired to help him complete the project were City College classmates. Christian Lowry – also an AE Scholarship winner - stepped up as assistant designer for the project as did Zenaida Bolter. 

At Laguna Honda Hospital, John says “the new flower beds are amazing. There is a new opportunity for new beds and 50 fruit trees have been donated for planting on the hospital grounds.  Dreyer Popsicles not only donated the trees and plantings but divided them up and had their staff help plant.”  Through a PUC grant that John obtained, a large landscape irrigation project is underway that will reduce waste from overhead sprinklers.  With his staff he has removed 2.8 acres of weeds and replaced them with succulents and drought-resistant plants.  It has taken John and his Laguna Honda staff nearly three years to design and change the face of the two huge front lawns. In addition, he has created a vertical wall display within the hospital for the benefit of patients and guests. John invites everyone to come for a tour.

As an employee of the Laguna Honda Hospital, John believes that working for the City gives him stability and time to build and develop the backbone of his business: www.GardensbyJohn.com.   As gardener at Laguna Honda, he has gained experience in the maintenance of lawn and garden care and propagated plants in the greenhouse where he is now growing more than 1000 new plants. “When we do another bed in six months,” John says, “we will have enough plants to choose from.”  Because of John’s diligence and efforts, he was chosen from more than 1500 co-workers by Laguna Honda as its August 2012 Employee of the Month.

While developing a business on the side, he has been instrumental in creating new garden designs as well as exotic floral arrangements. His motto, “Take your garden from what it is to what it should be.”  Because of his work with succulents and vertical walls, he says two-thirds of his current private clients have requested vertical pieces.  

 In addition, John has developed quite an event assistance program.  You can find him at both the SFGC and Conservatory of Flowers fundraisers as well as other nonprofit events where he often organizes and runs behind-the-scenes projects.  In addition, he is teaching workshops, the latest of which was the SFGC Succulent and Vertical Wall workshop last month.  Lyn Gardiner, SFGC Class Co-Chair, says "Everyone loved the workshop – John and his helpers were definitely a favorite with these club members!"  

SFGC President Nicole Vidalakis has put out a call for members to sign up for our October fundraiser, "Autumn in Versailles.”  Before you cast aside the request, remember that through your efforts–via scholarships–you can help change lives.  If you think that is an exaggeration, call John at 415. 412.3371 and he will instantly change your mind.  It is time to get involved!!

John Alexander

John Alexander

Fight for Air Climb

Contributed by: Jim Connors, Captain, SFFD (Ret.)
Department Chair,
Administration of Justice & Fire Science

CCSF students from Airport who participated in the competition

Some gave all, all gave some. Here's to representing CCSF Fire Science Technology Program at this morning's Fight for Air Climb. Together, we climbed 55 stories for a great cause!

The City College of San Francisco's Fire Science Technology Program entered a team for the American Heart Association's annual Fight for Air Climb. Past, current, and future students displayed what the Fire and Emergency Services is all about by displaying the three Ps: "patience, persistence, and perseverence." There was a total of 52 flights that each student had to climb at the Bank of America Building located at 555 California Street. The sweat and fatigue were well worth the benefits gained from the event: helping those with asthma.


International Instructor Bill Taylor AIFD, CFD Presented in the Environmental

Horticulture/Floristry Department

Contributed by: Jenny Tabarraci

The SAIFD (Student American Institute Floral Designers) Menzie Chapter at City College of San Francisco hosted an AIR (Artist in Residence Program) on March 20, 2013.  Bill Taylor AIFD, CFD was the featured designer.  He has been a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers for 30 years, serving as president and a fellow.  He owned Taylor’s of Sonoma a flower shop in Sonoma, California for 16 years.  Taylor’s taught floral design classes at City College of San Francisco, colleges/universities throughout the United States, Canada, Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Japan.

 Taylor’s presentation focused on floral displays that correspond to significant periods in the history of floral design.  He discussed ways to incorporate these historical styles into today’s designing.  He also talked about trends in the floral industry, professional flower shop operations and the many career pathways in the floral industry.  The students were intrigued and awed by his diversity and expertise in floral design.  Forty-four CCSFstudents attended including three instructors Jenny Tabarracci AIFD, CFD, Holly-Money Collins AIFD, CFD and Steven Brown AIFD, CFD from the Environmental Horticulture/Floristry Department. 

bill taylor

Bill Taylor AIFD, CFD

Cafeteria Menus

Contributed by: Seagull Chan